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Published November 29, 2013, 07:03 PM

Thanksgiving leftover safety tips

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Turkey and stuffing on the menu this weekend? If you plan on having those Thanksgiving left overs, it might be good to know the best ways to get the most miles out of your bird.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Turkey and stuffing on the menu this weekend? If you plan on having those Thanksgiving left overs, it might be good to know the best ways to get the most miles out of your bird.

Hopefully you already followed rule number 1: Put anything that you plan on re-eating in the fridge or freezer as soon as possible; preferably within two hours.

According to the USDA, any leftovers in the fridge should be consumed within three to four days.

There are also some rules of thumb to follow when taking out those leftovers.

Douglas Jensen- Fargo Cass Public Health: “If they're going to reheat the foods: The gravys, the meats; it should be rapidly reheated to make sure that the food is steaming hot all the way through and if you’re going to microwave it, you should stir or turn occasionally during the reheating process.”

Jensen suggests you not use the smell or taste-test method to see if leftover food is still good because it doesn't work.

Many bacteria can spoil food without it smelling.

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